Woakes hails 'miracle man' Stokes as England fight back against Pakistan

Ruben Fields
August 8, 2020

Social media was ablaze with Abbas memes after the world saw Ben Stokes - considered by many as the best batsman in the world now - be completely outsmarted by a delivery that nipped away from the left-handed batsman and crash onto the stumps. Pope nearly diverted Shaheen Afridi into his stumps early in the session and Buttler edged just short of second slip when he flashed at Naseem Shah's third ball.

With a 105 run partnership for the sixth wicket, they helped the Asian side get a massive lead. Day 3 promises to be an intense one with no team out of the game. Stokes eventually made up for that drop as Woakes then found the shoulder of Babar Azam's bat with a ball that rose off a good length, Stokes diving low to his left to claim it. He reviewed it but Hawkeye showed umpire's call on hitting the wicket, and once again the game was well and truly in the balance. He bounced out Shaheen Afridi, the ball looping up to Rory Burns at slip; this not before Broad had returned to dismiss the last real threat to England's bowlers, getting one to tail in to Shadab and having it given out on review. Yasir ended up with figures of four for 66 as he dismissed Jos Buttler, Bess and then Woakes in quick succession after play resumed.

Jofra Archer and Stuart Broad added 27 before Archer gloved Shadab Khan to keeper Mohammad Rizwan to leave England 197 for nine. Ollie Pope had succumbed to a totally unplayable ball in the same over. He, along with Shah Masood, gave the England bowling line-up a very tough time. Pope in particular rode his luck, inside edging Shaheen as he attempted a cover drive on three occasions.

It was the spinners Yasir Shah and Shadab Khan who closed off the England innings. Sky Cricket ensured there was a nice, long shot of the support staff walking along the boundary lines, big cartons carrying helmets suspended from his two hands.

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Only twice has a team chased more than 200 to win in the fourth innings of a Test at Old Trafford, with England making 294-4 against New Zealand in 2008 and 231-3 against the West Indies at the Manchester ground in 2004.

England suffered a fresh collapse after lunch, losing their last five wickets for 60 runs in a sequence that started when Yasir bowled Buttler for 38.

England are teetering at 92 for four, still 234 runs behind Pakistan's competitive first innings total of 326, a total boosted by a superb career-best 156 from opener Shan.

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